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ZR driver to pay victim $5,000

COURT TODAY BLOCKMcDonald Tyrone Lascelles, a ZR driver, was today given five months by a Bridgetown court to pay another driver $5,000 as compensation for injuries which he inflicted.

The alternative is six months in jail.

The 39-year-old defendant, of 33 St Anne’s Road, Pinelands, St Michael, admitted before the District ‘A’ Magistrates Court last year that he unlawfully and maliciously wounded Malcolm Lewis last September 20, by hitting him in the face with a plastic bottle-full of cran-water.

When the matter came up for the second time before the same court, the complainant’s receipts showed that he had spent over $1,200 at that point but was scheduled to make another visit to his doctor in March. He also mentioned having to see an eye specialist and to get glasses as well.

Magistrate Douglas Frederick decided not to conclude the matter then and told Lewis to bring all of his receipts on the next occasion. “And the eye drops?” Lewis asked. “The doctor tell me I got to use eye-drops for life.”

The incident occurred at the Nursery Drive Terminal in the City after the two drivers had an argument. According to Lascelles, he was travelling behind Lewis along Thornbury Hill, Christ Church. A lady at a bus stop put out her hand and Lewis responded as if he were slowing down to pick her up.

As a result, Lascelles said he tried to overtake but at the last minute, Lewis “pull the vehicle back cross pon me,” causing his van to “pick up a skate”. It was when Lewis subsequently got out of his van and challenged Lascelles to “do something ‘bout it” that he hit him, Lascelles said.

The defendant threw the bottle at Lewis after their vehicles reached the terminal, hitting him in the right side of his face. Lewis had a laceration and sought medical attention before reporting the matter to police.

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